By all accounts, the second inauguration of President Barack Obama isn't going to draw nearly the number of fans to Washington as it did the first time. And now it appears those vacancies are affecting sales of the typically much-coveted tickets to inaugural balls.
Daily deal website Groupon began running a deal Tuesday for tickets to the "2013 Green Inaugural Ball," hosted by the National Wildlife Federation and intended to honor progress in the fields of conservation, clean technology, and renewable energy.
Groupon slashed the ball's general admission ticket price of $400 to $250, and the VIP ticket price of $1,950 to $1,300.
But even the daily deal site is having a hard time selling the attractiveness of the ball — at least when compared to the same event held during Obama's first inauguration. As of this publication, the site claims to have only sold more than 20. The promotion runs through Friday.
Groupon's summary for the Green Inaugural Ball boasts that in 2009, the event featured multiplatinum pop-rock band Maroon 5, former vice president and presidential candidate Al Gore and confessional singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge. This year, the only big celebrity draw appears to be Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am, who is accompanied by washed-up 90s pop stars like Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath and the possible appearance of a few Redskins players.
The National Wildlife Federation didn't respond to request for more information about the event from Whispers. But Groupon assures buyers they can "brush elbows" with progressive politicians like Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, who once refused to rise from his seat in a hearing because, knowing how Republicans felt on global warming, proclaimed "I'm worried that Republicans will overturn the law of gravity, sending us floating about the room."
One big plus: The ball is open bar, which won't be the case at the official inaugural balls that are expected to be overcrowded with those obnoxious tourists who jumped the gun on Ticketmaster.